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Boeing wins $9.2 billion Air Force training jet contract, will drive 1,800 local jobs

Boeing wins $9.2 billion Air Force training jet contract, will drive 1,800 local jobs
September 28, 2018 Evan Glantz

This story was originally published in the St. Louis Business Journal on September 27, 2018.


Diana Barr | St. Louis Business Journal


“Boeing Co. will produce a next-generation trainer jet for the U.S. Air Force under a $9.2 billion contract awarded Thursday, a win that the company has said would support 1,800 direct and indirect jobs to the region.

Chicago-based Boeing, which partnered with Sweden-based Saab AB to win the work to replace the Air Force’s aging Northrop T-38 Talon fleet, had said last year that the new aircraft would be assembled in St. Louis if it won the competition. Boeing has about 13,707 jobs locally as of August, according to Business Journal research.

The company said Thursday that it now can begin placing orders with suppliers, and more than 90 percent of the equipment will be made in America, supporting more than 17,000 jobs in 34 states…”

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